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State wants feedback on inspection rules

Submitted by admin on April 19, 2010 – 8:33 amNo Comment

Zebra Mussels

GREEN RIVER, Wyo. (AP) – Wyoming is holding public hearings across the state as it considers whether to adopt permanent new rules to protect lakes and reservoirs from invasive aquatic species.

     Gov. Dave Freudenthal signed emergency regulations on March 26 allowing boat inspections to try to prevent zebra and quagga mussels from entering Wyoming.

     The Wyoming Game and Fish Department came up with the new rules after the state Legislature allocated $1.5 million in February for the implementation of prevention program.

     The new law empowers the department to inspect boats and prevent the launching of any boat suspected of harboring the two mussel species.

     Meetings on the new rules will be in Sheridan today, Cody and Pinedale Tuesday, Lander and Jackson Wednesday, Laramie and Green River Thursday, and Casper April 27. Check the Wyoming Game and Fish Web site for details.

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